Eric Swalwell is ‘close to making a decision’ on 2020 run

Rep. Eric Swalwell told CNN that he is close to making a decision about whether he plans to make a run for the White House in the 2020 campaign.

“I’m close to making a decision. I’ll be in New Hampshire tomorrow, so I’m excited for that,” the California Democrat told CNN as he walked off the House floor Wednesday.

On his trip in New Hampshire, Swalwell said, he hopes to “talk to Granite Staters about what their idea of the future of America is” and “how (his) ideas could work and lift up their vision and aspirations.”

Swalwell has said he’s considering a presidential run and has been making visits to early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire often in the past two years. He made headlines last month when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that he would be open to running on a ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden, with the former Delaware senator either leading the ticket or being Swalwell’s vice presidential pick.

Swalwell said family considerations were among the factors he was weighing when considering a run.

“I’ve got two kids under 2. This week I’m a single dad — my wife is on the road working — and so it’s good for me to see what the toll is on her. She’s doing her job and taking care of her kids,” he said.

However, the California Democrat said he’s not blaming his family for complicating the decision-making process.

“I’m not going to blame it on them. No, no, no. I don’t feel the rush to get in right now. I think there’s still learning and infrastructure you have to stand up,” Swalwell said.